The Kaylee & Aubree Story
Kaylee & Aubree Adams are 15-year-old Sophomores at Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado. Identical twins, they have for over 10 years been afflicted with a nephrotic syndrome which threatens their kidneys. A common side-effect of nephrotic syndrome is hypertension – both girls have been taking medication daily since they were 4-years old to manage this.
Late in 2011, Kaylee’s situation turned, and her kidneys began to fail – their function level falling to 15%. She spent time in Children’s Hospital, ultimately being released to her home where she now spends 10 hours per day on dialysis. She takes 19 types of medication and supplements twice-daily.
Early in 2012, during a routine medical check up, it was discovered that Aubree’s kidneys are also worsening and now functioning at over 400% (working too hard) failure is imminent. She is not yet on dialysis. The twins face an indeterminate fight to manage kidney health, dialysis and ultimately transplants.
In addition to Kaylee’s dialysis, both girls manage strict diets. All of their activity is clouded by the constant management against the clock of kidney failure.
Kaylee and Aubree have an older brother Gunnar. Gunnar, a Senior at Longmont High School, has avoided issues with his kidneys, but has had to give up playing football for the Trojans after suffering several concussions.
Kaylee, Aubree and Gunnar belong to John Adams of Frederick, Colorado, and Linda (Traxinger) Adams of Longmont, Colorado. Linda is a single Mom who somehow manages to hold down a full time job while managing the insanely busy schedule of three teenagers – on top of the medical issues, expenses, and all else.
Through it all Kaylee & Aubree have been amazing examples of the Happy Smackah spirit. Those who know them, know they are super-close. They go everywhere with smiles on, finish each others’ sentences, and giggle and laugh, while touching fingers and sharing glances. They are remarkably upbeat, witty, funny, and silly, despite the burden they carry managing their health.
The Happy Smackah family of sponsors and volunteers are honored and proud to have Kaylee & Aubree as the Happy Smackah beneficiaries of 2012. We thank you for your help and support in any way that you are capable – by attending our Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run on May 12th, through a General donation, through Sponsorship or by Volunteering.